For Black Trans Girls Who Gotta Cuss A Mother Fucker Out When Snatching An Edge Ain’t Enough

A Peacebuilding Connections Partnership

Dane Figueroa Edidi’s For Black Trans Girls Who Gotta Cuss A Mother Fucker Out When Snatching An Edge Ain’t Enough: A Choreo Drama is a book of poetry that has been adapted for theater. The piece is written as an echo to For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf and features four Trans actresses that span age ranges from late teens to seventies (and beyond). Movement and monologue come together in the piece to create an experience of dynamic storytelling, grounded reflection, and community connections.

For Black Trans Girls is written and stars Dane Figueroa Edidi and is directed by multidisciplinary artist Paige Hernandez. The piece is direct confrontation to structural oppression, and at the same time a healing tool of accountability and restoration. While the play centers on Black Trans Girls it connects universal themes that serve to catalyze a large community to gather around new and urgent provocations. The work is sometimes a sword, sometimes a mirror, and always an invitation for us to do better by one another and to be better to ourselves.

Peacebuilding Connections is working with Dane Figueroa Edidi to co-produce a national reading tour of For Black Trans Girls in November 2020.  Peacebuilding Connections will work with any hosting entity to create a unique reading meaningful to a local community, including all marketing, logistics, and outreach needs for the event.  Peacebuilding Connections outreach plan will ensure hosts are bringing together broad and diverse organizations and individuals to collectively take in and reflect on this powerful piece of art.

The touring production will intentionally look to hire artists whose work has been marginalized by their race or gender within the creative class. Recent times have shown artists who have been marginalized by misogyny and racist biases produce work that not only resonates with audiences and build relationships and connections, the work is also incredibly financially successful.

For Black Trans Girls has held public readings and events at in Washington D.C.’s Theater Alliance and Woolly Mammoth Theater and in New York City at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater (cover photo credit Simon Luethi). 

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Dane Figueroa Edidi, Writer, Co-Producer, Actress/Performer, Goddess Dubbed the Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous, American Performance Artist, Author with 11 Published books, Teacher, Choreographer, Oracular Consultant, Spiritual Life Coach, Priestess, Speech Writer, Writing Coach, Advocate, playwright (Absalom, Kyltmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem, Guilty, Roaring: The Musical) Healer, a Founding Member of Force Collision, a 2-time Helen Hayes Award Nominee (2016, 2018), Ms.DC Latinx Pride 2018-2019 and co-editor of the Black Trans Prayer Book. She is the founder of The Inanna D Initiatives, which curates, produces and cultivates events and initiatives designed to center and celebrate the work of TGNC Artist of Color.

Considered one of the most prolific artist of our time, she is the first Trans woman of color to be nominated for a Helen Hayes Award (2016), in DC to publish a work of Fiction (Yemaya’s Daughters (2013)), and chosen for Theater Alliance’s Hothouse Festival, having her play Absalom read at the Kennedy Center’s Prelude Festival.

Paige Hernandez, Director Paige Hernandez is a multidisciplinary artist who is critically acclaimed as a performer, director, choreographer and playwright.

As an AEA equity actress, Paige has performed on many stages throughout the country. As a playwright, Paige has been commissioned by the National New Play Network, the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre, The Kennedy Center and the Glimmerglass Festival. She recently received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council as well as two Helen Hayes nominations for choreography and performance.

Paige has also been named a “classroom hero” by The Huffington Post, a “Citizen Artist Fellow” with the Kennedy Center and one of “Six Theatre Workers You Should Know” by American Theatre Magazine. With her company B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT, Paige continues to develop and tour original work internationally.

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